Isaiah asks: “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2)
The bad news is that if you stay in the rat race, even if you win, you’re still a rat (apologies to Walter Brueggemann).
God did not make us for the rat race, but too often we want to have it both ways.
We end up stressed out, not content with our God-given identity, always hoping for more and never satisfied.
Isaiah’s answer over 2500 years ago was, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near”.
He would say the same today. Augustine said, “Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you”.
Isaiah’s promise to those who seek the Lord was first “Our God will abundantly pardon” and then “You shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace“.
Joy and peace?
Jesus offers the same. The night before he was crucified he promised his disciples “My peace I give to you”, and later, “Your sorrow will turn to joy”. That is what the rat race can never offer and more like what God wants for those he created in his own image.
Iain Gibb, Olivet Evangelical Church, Falkirk